Haystacks Recipe

Here’s an old-time favorite that my mom used to make every Thanksgiving and Christmas when I was younger, but I think fall is perfect for this special treat, appropriately called Haystacks. This Haystacks Recipe scream fall pumpkin picking, and tailgating time to me, don’t cha think? With a mere three ingredients these are prepped in no time for the best tasting haystack I’ve ever had.

Begin with butterscotch chips/morsels, chow mein noodles, and your nut of choice. The recipe usually calls for salted roasted peanuts, but I only had some slivered almonds on hand. They were perfect. If nut allergies are a concern, just omit them altogether. They’re still mighty good without them.

Melt the butterscotch chips according to package directions. I used the microwave melting method, M3 for short. Stir together the chow mein noodles and nuts, if you’re using them.

Pour the melted butterscotch over the noodle/nut mixture.

Gently combine until all noodles are coated.

On parchment or wax paper, drop little haystacks of goodness in heaping teaspoonfuls. Let cool and firm up. I stuck mine in the refrigerator for a few minutes. Serve right away or store in airtight containers.

Haystacks Recipe

A crunchy, sweet and nutty combination like this can’t be beat. If you’ve never tried these, give them a go soon. Makes a whopping 50-60 haystacks.

Enjoy!

Haystacks Recipe
 
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Here's an old-time favorite that my mom used to make every Thanksgiving and Christmas when I was younger, but I think fall is perfect for this special treat, appropriately called Haystacks. They scream fall pumpkin picking, and tailgating time to me, don't cha think? With a mere three ingredients these are prepped in no time for the best tasting haystack I've ever had.
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Serves: Makes about 50-60 haystacks.
Ingredients
  • 24 ounces butterscotch morsels
  • 5 ounces chow mein noodles
  • 1½ cup chopped nuts (dry roasted peanuts, almonds, or cashews are a few good choices)
Instructions
  1. Melt butterscotch morsels according to package directions
  2. Combine noodles and nuts in a large bowl.
  3. Pour melted butterscotch over noodle/nut mixture and gently combine until all noodles are coated.
  4. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls onto parchment or wax paper and let cool. Serve or store in airtight containers.

 

Comments

  1. 2

    says

    These look absolutely amazing. And I dont think I have ever made them before! So you are going to be my first haystack. ;)

  2. 3

    says

    I love haystacks! I’ve only had them with chocolate but I’d bet the butterscotch if fabulous.

  3. 6

    says

    I love your take on haystacks, I never thought of making them with butterscotch. Come to think of it, butterscotch sounds better than chocolate and goes better with fall. I’ll bet I can hide some other good things in them like oats and stuff that the kids won’t normally eat.

  4. 16

    says

    I totally remember these- a favorite for sure. Love the shot of that melted butterscotch- I just want to stick my finger in there and give it a taste!

  5. 17

    says

    Mmmmm, I used to love these! I wish there was a decent GF replacement for the noodles and butterscotch chips! Enjoy a few more for me! :)

  6. 20

    Kathy F. says

    Love these but have never made them – thought they had peanut butter in them? Gonna make some this fall!

    • 21

      says

      Hey Kathy!

      I think you can make them with peanut butter too. This is a simplified version.

      ~ Amy

  7. 27

    Beth B. says

    Never tried these with nuts! My mom always used miniature marshmellows, too. Will have to give it a try with the nuts instead!

  8. 29

    Kelly Spencer says

    Made these a few years back (minus the nuts) Thanks for the reminder…going to add them to our pumpkin painting party this weekend!

  9. 30

    says

    I’m not sure you will realize how much this recipe means to me. I have searched for it high and low since elementary school … so basically, for 20 years. We were learning about the desert and some room-mom made these, but dyed them green. I brought one home to my mom to try and figure out what it was and she never did. I’m SO EXCITED right now!!! Can’t wait to make these!!!!

  10. 32

    Layne says

    These are a Christmas treat in my family. One year I made a ton of candy and burnt the butterscotch chips when making these. That is one of the WORST smells ever!

  11. 33

    Julie says

    We have always mixed butterscotch and peanut butter chips to make these, now that’s yummy!

  12. 35

    Brenda says

    I’ve made these for years, but I use part butterscotch chips and part chunky peanut butter. The flavors are great together!

  13. 37

    Maryann says

    Does anyone have this using potato sticks (in a can) instead of Chow Mein Noodles?

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